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Jake White lands role with Sharks

Jake White has been appointed as the Director of Rugby for the Sharks.

Brumbies coach Jake White and captain Ben Mowen during a press conference in Johannesburg ahead of their Super Rugby semi-final clash against the Bulls on 27 July 2013. Picture: Jean Smyth/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Natal Sharks has confirmed the appointment of former Springbok World Cup winning coach, Jake White, as its new Director of Rugby.

This comes exactly a week after White said he was looking for a coaching job in South Africa as a stepping stone towards his ultimate ambition of getting back into the international coaching circuit.

Last month, White asked to be released from his contract at the Brumbies after he missed out on the Australian coaching job to Ewen McKenzie.

Confirming his appointment, Sharks CEO John Smit said, "We are immensely happy to confirm the appointment of Jake White as our new Director of Rugby. We formed a formidable relationship during my playing career and I am delighted to re-establish that partnership, which is in line with our vision to take The Sharks to the next level.

"Jake is an experienced coach whose track record speaks volumes about his ability to rally his team and get the best out of them. We are pleased that he has decided to join The Sharks."

Smit added, "Brendan Venter's commitment to me was to drastically change our players' environment which we think he has done with extreme success. Brendan has no written contract with us which is a testament to his character and his positive motives in coaching us and we will do whatever we can to keep him involved with us for as long as possible, in any capacity."

In a statement released last month, the Sharks said it would "welcome an opportunity" to have White return to the franchise.

White's tenure will be effective as of the end of October 2013.

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